Bulldogs are a widely popular breed of dogs because of their looks and stature. They are of the smaller-sized dogs but somehow there’s a demand for an even smaller size of bulldogs. These are the miniature bulldogs or mini bulldogs. However, they’re not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a separate breed because they do not conform to bulldog breed standards. It implies that your mini bulldog will surely be a lovable pet but he’s not gonna be able to join dog show competitions since he doesn’t officially belong to the bulldog breed.
What makes a bulldog mini
A mini bulldog is a bulldog in a smaller package. When we talk about mini bulldogs, we’re actually talking about different kinds of bulldogs – those that are purebreds, those with achondroplasia, and an adult bulldog that hasn’t grown up according to breed standards when it comes to size. There are also bulldog-pug mixes being advertised as mini bulldogs.
Some breeders have gone through certain lengths to ensure that bulldogs look adorable and cute. They make sure that the latest breeds retain their puppy-like looks such as having an extra small face and widely spaced large eyes. To achieve this, they select the smallest purebred dogs even though they are close relatives to ensure that they have these desired characteristics. This isn’t encouraged in the field of breeding and is considered unethical. It may result in having bulldogs with serious health issues. Bulldogs, as it is, are already prone to serious health concerns as a result of years of breeding for them to retain their famed cute looks and body build. Breeding them to an even smaller size can worsen their condition when our main concern should be about having healthy bulldog pups who would grow up to be healthy adult dogs.
Bulldogs with achondroplasia are those with dwarfism. They have inherited this condition from their parent’s genes and they’re miniature size is not a result of intentional breeding. The average English bulldog weighs between 40 to 50 pounds and is about 31 to 40 cm tall. Mini bulldogs are shorter in height and have lighter weight. But owners are not usually aware that they have a mini bulldog until their dog reaches adulthood and do not reach the breed standards.
There are also miniature bulldogs sold in the market which are a result of the cross-breeding of a bulldog and a pug. They are considered medium-sized dogs that grow up to 30 to 40 cm and weigh between 20 and 40 pounds. They have fine, short, and sleek coats. They also have an excellent disposition making them very good family pets.
Simply put, a mini bulldog is a smaller bulldog. Smaller than the breed standards. The issue lies in how they are bred. If you want to own one, it is not necessarily prohibited but you must be aware of the health implications of the bulldog that comes in an even smaller package.